The Missouri Department of Transportation released a warning for all drivers to take extreme caution due to ice, heavy rain and snow expected in north and central counties of the state late Monday, Feb. 11 and early Tuesday, Feb. 12.
Forecasts of freezing temperatures and new precipitation could cause new ice and refreeze of wet roads overnight and into tomorrow, mostly in the north and central counties of Missouri. MoDOT is told communities near the Iowa state line can expect snow as well.
Predicitions of snow and ice peak for the northeastern corner of the state. That is also where the most impact from occasionally gusty conditions are expected. Northwest winds are forecasted at a steady 15-20 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. Drivers of high profile vehicles, especially those carrying no or lightweight loads, are advised to take extra care.
In the southeast, up to two inches of rain is expected to fall in the Bootheel region. Avoid low-lying areas and be prepared to move quickly if flash flood warnings are issued.
Do not expect to run at the speed limit on highways north of I-70, and those in a triangle from Kansas City to Columbia to the Lake of the Ozarks region. Speed limits are set for movement in ideal conditions. Tonight, conditions will not be ideal.
Plan to leave the highway for a warm, safe parking location at the first indication of icy roads. Remember, it is not just your load and your safety at risk, emergency services personnel have been seriously injured this winter while responding to calls.
For road condition information, consult MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map – http://traveler.modot.org/map/ – before leaving and during breaks from the road.